Christie Spurling from inspire* member N-Gage said as a teenager ‘he never thought it would be possible that one day be would awarded an MBE for his work with young people in Manchester’ but a few weeks ago Christie received a phone call which set a whirlwind of events in motion, with press calls, photo opportunities and a great platform for promoting the work he and N-Gage have been doing since he set the charity up in 2004.
Given away by his birth mother and adopted by a white couple in the north of England, he struggled at school and was excluded at 14, moving shortly afterwards into a residential home where he lived with “some of the most broken and damaged people you could ever find”.
That experience ultimately drove him to work with others in a similar situation. He said he hoped to eventually take his medal to an assembly at a school where he has worked, “to tell young people that no matter how disengaged you are with education, you can still go on and achieve something. Look at me – I have no GCSE's and I’m a CEO of a charity.”
N-Gage works alongside young people in a variety of contexts across Manchester; including work in their youth centre and on one of their custom-designed mobile youth vehicles, mentoring in local schools, holiday provision, residentials, activity weeks, family intervention, one to one work and more!